On April 10, the City of Alexandria will honor a man who spent more than 50 years of service in promoting the health of the City’s children.
This year’s 2012 Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award recipient, the late Dr. Robert H. Anderson, served the Alexandria community and thousands of children as a conscientious and dedicated pediatrician from the 1950s until his death in 2006. In addition to developing a busy practice during the early 1950s, Dr. Anderson saw the linkages between the social determinants of health and health outcomes. He worked tirelessly to provide healthcare to the large number of underserved, underprivileged citizens who lacked regular medical care in the City and was heavily involved with education reform, the need for new schools, and the need for low-cost subsidized housing.
Dr. Anderson worked with his medical colleagues to develop the pediatric department at Alexandria Hospital where he later became Chief of Pediatrics and eventually the President of the Medical Staff. He also worked part-time for nearly 50 years as a volunteer at the Alexandria Health Department’s well baby clinic and played a major role in the early days of Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.’s debut as a federally qualified health center.
In 1992, the City of Alexandria established the Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award in recognition of those individuals who are dedicated to improving the health of the Alexandria community with a demonstrated commitment to the medically needy in the City. Flora Krause Casey’s life work helped provide medical care for the low-income residents of Alexandria, integrate the City during an era when such ideas were controversial, and foster the volunteer spirit for the community in a way that made Alexandria a better place to live. Each year, the Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission awards an individual who embodies this same spirit as Flora Krause Casey.
A reception honoring Dr. Anderson’s work will be held Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in the Vola Lawson Lobby of Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street (Cameron Street entrance).